Hartpury will have its highest ever number of students representing the national colleges team this year after Jordan Staten was called up by England Colleges Football Association.
Centre back and A Level student Staten, who is captain of Hartpury’s Under-18s, will join a trio of his team-mates who are already with the squad, as they prepare to face a Chelsea Under-18s team on Wednesday (2pm kick-off) at Cobham – the 3G pitch at Chelsea’s training ground.
Seventeen-year-old Extended Diploma Football students Max Harris, Frank Arhin and Kingsford Adjei are all already part of the England Colleges squad.
The Hartpury quartet will all be looking to keep their places in the squad for the upcoming fixtures against Wales Colleges and Scotland Colleges before heading out to Italy for the Roma Caput Mundi Tournament in 2017.
Hartpury’s junior football manager, Paul Tassell, said: “It’s a phenomenal achievement to have four boys picked to represent their country and it’s testament to the talent that runs throughout our Under-18s teams this year.
“I’m sure they will all grab the chance with both hands to show what they can do at international level. It will only boost their development having the chance to test themselves against the best student players internationally in such a prestigious tournament.”
Hartpury have a proud history at the Rome tournament, with the Under-18s having represented England Colleges FA last year following their ECFA Champions League win in 2014. The team finished unbeaten in the competition against Romania, Albania, Greece, the Italian National Amateur team, a Lazio representative team, Russia and San Marino.